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spirit in making this institution a success; where the friendless were well cared for, well instructed, had the Gospel preached to them, and when prepared, had good positions provided for them.
“Well indeed may it be said in regard to her, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.
“In her own beautiful home at Englewood she never wearied in her readings and exhortations to her household; pointing out to them the way of salvation, and showing them the beauty of holiness both by example and precept.
“She was an angel of mercy to the destitute and suffering; and the poor, who came to her door, always went away happier for having seen her. Nothing pleased her more than to welcome her friends to her hospitable home, where they were cheered by her bright smile and loving presence; and they will ever cherish in their hearts pleasant memories of the hours thus spent.
“She took great delight in reading over the anniversary tributes which her beloved husband dedicated to her from year to year; and her friends earnestly wishing to have copies, she had them just arranged for publication when so suddenly yet peacefully summoned to her Heavenly Home.
“Though we can never see her again in this world of sorrow, we have the consoling hope and precious promise that we shall meet her in that blessed world where there is no more parting, and where sorrow and death can never come.
“However unaccustomed to writing, I cannot but con. sider it a sacred duty to record my testimony to the piety and worth of her who was so much to me in life, and whose memory is now so precious; knowing, as I do so well, the angelic sweetness of her disposition and the depth and beauty of her Christian character.
“ANNA T. OWEN." CHAPTER III.
MRS. CHEEVER'S DelighT IN THE WORK OF PRACTICAL IN. • STRUCTION FROM THE BIBLE. — VIEWS OF DR. MACLEOD
CONCERNING THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE CHILDREN. - ILLUSTRATIONS FROM ANECDOTES WITHIN MRS. CHEEVER's OWN EXPERIENCE. - ILLUSTRATIONS FROM HER LETTERS AT HOME AND ABROAD.
How early can the Little Child be regarded as of the
Kingdom of Heaven, and what should be the Educa' tion of the Little Ones accordingly ?
IT was a great source of happiness and usefulness 1 in Mrs. Cheever's life, to have had for some years the whole care of several dear and lovely little ones, — the orphan children of her beloved sister, whose husband had been lost at sea. Their daily life and hers used to be so lovingly and delightfully entwined, even in all their thoughts, desires, and daily sports and lessons, that it seemed to be almost a realization of a Pilgrim's Progress towards heaven. For they became so fond of the story of Christian and Hopeful and Faithful, and their adventures of travel from the City of Destruction to the Celestial Land, that they were accustomed to make out of John Bunyan's spiritual allegory their happiest practical plays. One of them would sometimes take the burden of the Pilgrim, another the position of the Guide; meantime, in the course of their childish drama, making the house ring with their frolics and merriment. Their plays were full of childlike fun and humor, in which their dear aunt participated, with equal enjoyment, as a child herself; and it might have been difficult to say whether the drollery and fun or the sacred lessons of the allegory were deepest and most attractive.
Dear little Fanny was gifted with a melodious, expressive voice, and had learned to sing with exquisite pathos and simplicity some very beautiful hymns, such as —
“ I think, when I read the sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
I should like to have been with them then.
That his arms had been thrown around me,
Let the little ones come unto me.”
These lessons, so sweetly attractive, were attended with the divine blessing; and the dear child became, before her early death, a bright example of a youthful Christian's experience and life, through faith and hope in Christ her Saviour, manifested in her love to him, and faithfulness in his beloved service.
Dear, precious little child! Her character, from the beginning of its development, was a combination of gentleness, tenderness, thoughtfulness, quickness of perception, deep sensibility, earnestness and decision, roguery and sport; keenly sensitive to reproof, of ready native wit and humor in reply; so full, indeed, sometimes of humor and gentle sarcasm combined, that it would require a Shakspeare to delineate the photograph of the rapid scenes and lights of character in suitable language.
On one occasion, when their dear aunt was waiting upon her little children for their night's repose, when Fanny having said her prayers was ready to bid good-night to all, her little brother saying his prayers by the bedside, happening to remember some wrong things that Fanny had said or done that troubled him, went back recounting them, and praying for his dear little sister, that God would pardon her. “Now, Johnny,” exclaimed little Fanny, sitting up in bed, “you 'd better stop praying; you've said quite enough. Let poor God alone!”